Man who shot NYC teen in the eye gets 24 years in prison

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BROOKLYN — A New York man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for opening fire on a crowded street in 2014 and hitting a 13-year-old teenager in the eye.

Prosecutors say 24-year-old Kareem Potomont, of Brooklyn, recklessly injured his intended target, Edouardo Dolphy, and caused now-16-year-old Gama Droiville to lose his right eye. Potomont’s attorney argued Tuesday the victims’ injuries weren’t serious enough for a lengthy prison term, but the judge rejected that line of reasoning in the sentencing.

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Gamma Droiville, 13, smiles from his hospital bed. He was shot in the head while waiting at a bus stop in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. The gunfire may have been meant for a 24-year-old man, who was struck in the leg. (Photo: Droiville Family)

Droiville was present for the sentencing, and said Potomont is a coward. Potomont apologized in court Tuesday for his actions, but the teen didn’t accept his apology.

A jury acquitted Potomont of attempted murder charges in August, but found him guilty of assault, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon charges.